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Postal worker dies -- workers' compensation claim possible

Record-high summer temperatures have been recorded in California during the month of July. While some may enjoy the hot weather, workers may be exposed to unsafe work conditions, especially if they work in an environment where they are not protected from these high temperatures. The possibility of workers' compensation claims cannot be excluded.

The death of a postal worker, who had worked for the U.S Postal Service for many years, is currently under investigation by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA). When the postal worker was found in a U.S. Postal Service vehicle, she was unresponsive and later declared dead at the scene. The case is still under investigation, and there has been no confirmation that the extreme heat played a role in her death. OHSA's investigation into work-related deaths, where it is not clear that the death was due to natural causes, is not uncommon.

Regardless of the outcome of the autopsy and related tests, it is important to reflect on the obligations employers have toward their workers. Employers have a legal duty to protect workers from dangerous working conditions, including natural conditions such as extreme heat. In this instance, other postal workers working in the same area as the deceased worker have indicated that the trucks used by them can get very hot inside, as the trucks have no air conditioning.

California workers exposed to unsafe working conditions may opt to file workers' compensation claims. Should a worker suffer fatal injuries due to heat exposure, the family of the deceased worker can institute a claim. Benefits awarded in a successful claim may assist the surviving family in dealing with many of the expenses that result from these types of tragedies.

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